Apple Releases Dual Core PowerMac G5s

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As has been long rumored, Apple released Dual Core PowerMac G5s today at their Media Event.

The new PowerMac G5s features the following models:

Single Dual-Core G5 2.0GHz $1,999
Single Dual-Core G5 2.3GHz $2,499
Dual Dual-Core G5 2.5GHz $3,299

The high end model features Two Dual Core G5 processors giving it 4 effective processing units. It is called the "Power Mac G5 Quad".

- PCI Express
- up to 16GB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM
- Two Gigabit Ethernet ports
- Mighty Mouse
- GeForce 6600 (128MB or 256MB)

The Quad PowerMac will be shipping in November.
 

Riot_Mac

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that quad is dope, but expensive. I think I will be purchasing a PowerBook... even though the update was kind of weak.
 

nagromme

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May 2, 2002
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PowerPC's final months are looking pretty nice! :)

Don't forget that the OS itself has ways to make use of multiple CPUs even with apps that don't have built-in support. Like devoting one CPU entirely to the app, while the OS and all other processes run on the other cores.

I like that the wireless antenna is now a permanent strip down the back--no more little attachments.


Now, what to do with all your spare cash? Imagine one of THESE Mac setups with 4 cores, 4 graphics cards and 8 Cinema Displays! (Is the second setup possible? 4 of each?)
 

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rolandf

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The Harddisk is the weak-point

The top-end machines seems nice, although not enough pre-installed memory. But what is not workstation like, are the hard-drives
 

bbyrdhouse

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Cool

Recently, our church was broken into and our brand new Dual 2.7 with 20" Display was stolen. We were covered under our Insurance so when we get the insurance check I will be ordering that new Dual Dual.
 

itswoody

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goddammit

Goddammit I'm so pissed right now...saved up for months to buy a Dual 2.7 Ghz Power Mac back in April (although it took a whole month to arrive but that's another story) thinking it would last...and now this a few months later. Apple have screwed me and many others again....70% performance advantage over yesterdays "top of the line" mac!!! But still we buy their products! If you're listening Jobs, offer to buy mine back and give me a mega discount on a quad, that will make me happy. :mad: :eek: :mad: :eek: :p
 

Dont Hurt Me

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Dec 21, 2002
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The Quad is very interesting and new but the rest are Lame, Apple has removed two chips for one and same goes for the Cooling system so where is the beef? Sure this is cheaper for Apple to make but what did the consumer get that the older models didnt offer. All of these updates really go to show the problems apple is having with the CPU makers IBM/Motoscale.
 

Detlev_73

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Jul 20, 2004
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Sigh of relief

At least my trusty Dual 2.0 is still in the availability list. I'll start to worry about it when it's no longer even offered. Oh, but wait, I just realized that the first PM available is a dual CORE G5, not a dual processor.

I wonder if anyone will post the benchmarks later on of:

Dual 2.0 gHz G5 -vs- Dual CORE 2.0 gHz
 

zoran

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Jun 30, 2005
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I was xpecting a dual-core iMacG5, why the hell didnt they make that upgrade!
Damn!
 

andiwm2003

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the main question to me is the dual core 2.3 ghz. is it better than the old dual 2.3 ghz? and does the gpu and the pci-express slots justify the higher price compared to a refurbished old 2.3 ghz. i almost think no. the dual 2.3 ghz is only a sidewards step in performance for the same price.

my 2 cents.
 

Neodym

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Are the dual-cores pin-compatible to single-cores?

I'm waiting for the first hack to upgrade the old single-core Powermacs with Dual-Core-CPUs. Either by simple plug-it-in (does someone know about pin compatibility?) or by small adaptor pcb's...

Until then, my trusty 2.5er will do :)

Cheers
Neodym
 

Detlev_73

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zoran said:
I was xpecting a dual-core iMacG5, why the hell didnt they make that upgrade!
Damn!
Probably because the iMac is not a pro machine, just a consumer machine. I hear ya and feel ya, but that's probably what others are going to say.
 

spencecb

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itswoody said:
Goddammit I'm so pissed right now...saved up for months to buy a Dual 2.7 Ghz Power Mac back in April (although it took a whole month to arrive but that's another story) thinking it would last...and now this a few months later. Apple have screwed me and many others again....70% performance advantage over yesterdays "top of the line" mac!!! But still we buy their products! If you're listening Jobs, offer to buy mine back and give me a mega discount on a quad, that will make me happy. :mad: :eek: :mad: :eek: :p
I will never understand the people that complain that Apple doesn't update quickly enough, and then the same people get pissed when they buy something and Apple makes it better. This is how technology works, folks. You will never have the best, because the best is always around the corner. I know this has been posted before, but I just felt the need to throw my two cents out there.
Apple has not SCREWED anyone over....they simply made their products better. I know it sucks to have something come out right after you make a purchase, but such is life.
 

wPod

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that is some crazy crazy power, with 8 displays and 16GB of ram!!!! if they werent going to release intel in the next year id buy one right now!!!! (ok actually i have no where close to enough money. . . but it sounds better to say im waiting for the intel!!)
 

Dr. Dastardly

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I live in a giant bucket!
itswoody said:
Goddammit I'm so pissed right now...saved up for months to buy a Dual 2.7 Ghz Power Mac back in April (although it took a whole month to arrive but that's another story) thinking it would last...and now this a few months later. Apple have screwed me and many others again....70% performance advantage over yesterdays "top of the line" mac!!! But still we buy their products! If you're listening Jobs, offer to buy mine back and give me a mega discount on a quad, that will make me happy. :mad: :eek: :mad: :eek: :p
BWAHAHAHAHA!

Your funny!
 

solvs

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Was kinda hoping for a new low-end PowerMac for around $1500, but the updates are nice enough. I should have just gone with the refurb I was going to buy awhile ago. Or get an iMac, and use external stuff. Meh.